Sunday in Oakland the Raiders got beat up in more ways than one. They got beat up by the Chiefs on the scoreboard and on the field, with several players spending time down on the field, on the trainer’s table, and in the locker room.
One of the first players to go down was Maurice Hurst, who looked like he had messed up his shoulder a bit. He walked off and worked with a trainer, and came back in the game later.
Early in the second quarter, it was Daryl Worley who was shaken up and was unable to make it back to the huddle. He came out for one play and returned.
Later in the second quarter, Dwayne Harris was down on the sideline after covering a punt return. His ankle injury was far more significant and had to be helped off the field.
“We missed Dwayne Harris too,” Gruden said. “He hurt his ankle and idd not finish the game. We’re missing a lot of receivers right now and it’s hard to get three guys out there, but we’ll see how he is after the game.”
Speedy receiver JJ Nelson didn’t suit up for the game as he is nursing an ankle injury as well, leaving the Raiders with a shaky receiving corps. Then when the Raiders lost Tyrell Williams and Josh Jacobs for stints, the Raiders offense was toothless.
“We lost our rhythm,” said Gruden. “We lost [Josh] Jacobs for a little bit. Obviously, Tyrell [Williams] went to the locker room to get shot up for a hip. We lost some players and you have to credit Kansas City.”
Early in the third quarter it was Vontaze Burfict’s turn to go down and stay down for a time. He would eventually go off under his own power, but with a noticeable limp and was out of the game for a time while trying to shake it off.
Probably the most crucial loss was that of Trent Brown. He was injured trying to make the tackle after Derek Carr’s second interception late in the third quarter and didn’t return. Brandon Parker took over at right tackle and in the fourth quarter Carr was sacked two times in a row, both coming from the right side of the line.
“He has a sore knee as well,” Gruden said of Brown. “He’s being evaluated. We’ve got some guys that are beat up, but we don’t believe we have anything serious although some guys could not finish the game.”
As we entered the locker room, Trent Brown was leaving with a noticeable limp from his right leg. Even if the injury isn’t deemed “serious” per se, any time he misses would be a big deal, especially if Parker is replacing him. The second year tackle was one of the worst tackles in football last season, giving up 14 sacks in 12 starts. And he didn’t look any better this preseason. It appears as if David Sharpe would be a better option but thus far the Raiders seem to disagree as Parker has been active on game day and Sharpe has not.
Either way, Brown is crucial to this offensive line especially with Gabe Jackson out with his knee injury.
Expect the Raiders injury report this week to be a lengthy one as they prep for a trip to Minnesota to face the Vikings.